HIGH PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR & TECHNICAL ADVISOR
Dr. Owen brings over 15 years of elite coaching experience across many clubs, countries and continents. He was the youngest person in Europe to attain both the highest possible coaching award in the UEFA Professional coaching license, combined with a PhD in Sport & Exercise Science.
Owen has held numerous elite level coaching roles ranging from Director of Performance & Football Science, Assistant Coach, Assistant Manager and Head Coach. Within his role here in Seattle, he oversees all sports science and performance programs for the club across all levels of the organization, while also advising the club on technical matters.
After a short playing career, Owen moved to Glasgow Celtic as youth coach and sport scientist. After experiencing two years at Parkhead, he then moved to Sheffield Wednesday FC to serve as Head of Fitness & Science for one year before moving at the age of 26 to Scottish giants Rangers FC of the Scottish Premier League from 2007-2013. During his time at Rangers, Owen was a part of numerous championships, UEFA Champions League campaigns and worked on a management team that reached the UEFA Cup Final in 2008. After nearly eight seasons, Owen accepted a dual role of Assistant Manager and Performance Director with English side Sheffield United for the 2013-2014 campaign. He then became Assistant Manager at Swiss club Servette FC from 2014-2017, winning the league title. After three seasons in Switzerland he moved to Poland to sign for Lechia Gdansk in a dual role again. After two months into his time at Lechia Gdańsk, Owen was named Head Coach where he remained for the rest of the season. Following his time in Poland, Owen joined as an Assistant Coach with Hebei China Fortune FC of the Chinese Superleague, where he spent two seasons before coming to Seattle.
Owen served on the Wales National Team management staff from 2009-2018 as the Men’s National Team Sport Science & Fitness Coach under Brian Flynn, Gary Speed, Chris Coleman and Ryan Giggs. He was part of the successful Wales backroom team reaching the semifinals of EURO 2016 in France and reaching a high of the eighth-ranking position in the FIFA rankings in 2016.
Prior to his coaching career, he enjoyed a decade of playing experience in Wales and Scotland, including his hometown club of Wrexham, where he began his coaching career while still playing.
Owen completed his PhD in Lyon.1 Claude Bernard University in France, as well as a master’s degree in philosophy sport & exercise science from Glyndwr University, where he also earned his bachelor’s. He is currently a High-Performance Coach Educator for The England Football Association & recently left a consultancy position within SL Benfica, Lisbon as a Football consultant.